Master of Public Health (MPH)
An MPH from the School of Public Health Can Launch A Career Focused on Meaningful Change
We understand the can-do types. The ones who want to bring about real change.
The Master of Public Health program at Boston University prepares students to influence change and transform lives. At BU, we share a commitment to public health as it affects people and societies, locally and globally. Our in-the-world approach translates into a revolutionary model of public health education that gives you the opportunity to investigate pressing challenges and develop productive solutions.
As a graduate of the 48-credit BU MPH, you will understand the complex interplay of the biological, social, economic, cultural, political, behavioral, and environmental factors that affect the health of populations. Our practical education offers unparalleled insight into the complex world of public health, allowing you to study this field in action and to step straight into your career after graduation.
Designed to accommodate students with different needs and preferences, the MPH program has flexible options:
- Full-time: complete as quickly as 16 months
- Part-time: complete in two to three years
- Hybrid: complete the core courses online and finish program on campus
Students can switch between part-time and full-time options. The hybrid options allow students to complete their core courses completely online before coming to campus to complete the remaining requirements. The executive MPH offers students with five or more years of professional experience a more streamlined degree.
Mobilize your career and your ability to drive change in the world by pairing your passion, experience, and education with the BU MPH.
How the MPH Works
As a Master of Public Health student, you will develop essential skills needed in the field of public health, starting with a broad foundation and building advanced, more specialized skills.
The integrated core curriculum of the MPH program establishes a firm foundation of public health knowledge on which students can build their careers. After completing the core curriculum, students can confidently engage in the many issues facing the field of public health today.
Each student also pursues specialized training by choosing certificates that best match their professional goals within field of study within public health. Students are required to choose one functional certificate though up to two are possible, and have the option to add a context certificate.
By the end of the program, you will master all Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) competencies, including:
Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health
- apply epidemiological methods to the breadth of settings and situations in public health practice.
- select quantitative and qualitative data collection methods appropriate for a given public health context.
- analyze quantitative and qualitative data using biostatistics, informatics, computer-based programming and software, as appropriate.
- interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice.
Public Health & Healthcare Systems
- compare the organization, structure and function of health care, public health and regulatory systems across national and international settings.
- discuss the means by which structural bias, social inequities and racism undermine health and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community and societal levels.
Planning & Management to Promote Health
- assess population needs, assets and capacities that affect communities’ health.
- apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs.
- design a population-based policy, program, project or intervention.
- explain basic principles and tools of budget and resource management.
- select methods to evaluate public health programs.
Policy in Public Health
- discuss multiple dimensions of the policy-making process, including the roles of ethics and evidence.
- propose strategies to identify stakeholders and build coalitions and partnerships for influencing public health outcomes.
- advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations.
- evaluate policies for their impact on public health and health equity.
- apply principles of leadership, governance and management, which include creating a vision, empowering others, fostering collaboration and guiding decision making.
- apply negotiation and mediation skills to address organizational or community challenges.
- select communication strategies for different audiences and sectors.
- communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation.
- describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content.
- perform effectively on interprofessional teams.
- apply systems thinking tools to a public health issue.
- Community Assessment, Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
- Environmental Health
- Epidemiology and Biostatistics
- Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation
- Health Communication and Promotion
- Health Policy and Law
- Healthcare Management
- Program Management
- Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases
- Global Health
- Human Rights and Social Justice
- Infectious Disease
- Maternal and Child Health
- Mental Health and Substance Use
- Pharmaceutical Development, Delivery, and Access
- Sex, Sexuality, and Gender
Professional Development and Career Preparation
Career pathways in public health vary greatly and depend on the unique interests of each student. Graduates have the potential to work for international aid organizations monitoring disease spread and prevention across the globe, as program coordinators at community health organizations, and as advocates and policy advisors on public health related issues across the nation and the world. Public health is a vast field concerned with promoting and improving the conditions and wellbeing of individuals and societies. The MPH from Boston University opens the door to a diverse array of career paths within this dynamic field.
The MPH program at the School of Public Health emphasizes career development and promotion. The practicum experience, a requirement of the MPH program, hones your public health skills through 240 hours of relevant field experience completed at one of the many public health organizations in Boston or in any location around the globe. This experience helps build your resume for future positions in the public health sector.
The Integrative Learning Experience (ILE) integrates your certificate training with an experiential project intended to hone your practical skills as required for your future career path.
Further career development is facilitated through the Career P.R.E.P. program, which empowers you with the confidence and techniques to market yourself in the field of public health. Learn more about all of the professional development opportunities available to MPH students.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Public Health program at BU’s School of Public Health must have already earned or be in the process of earning a bachelor’s degree. There are no specific undergraduate pre-requisites, though experience working, volunteering, or researching topics related to public health are valued in the review process.
A valid GRE, GMAT, or MCAT score from within the last five years is required when applying. To learn more about our admission requirements and find out this year’s application deadlines, please visit our admission requirements page.
Next Steps to Earning Your Master of Public Health Degree
The Master of Public Health from Boston University inspires students to tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing global human societies. To learn more about this dynamic program, request information today.